Tony Rulings: Enron, Fences, Royal Family Eligible for Best Score; American Idiot, Fela! Are Not

By Andrew Gans
April 30, 2010

The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembled for the fourth and final time during the 2009-2010 season April 30.



The 13 productions discussed included Come Fly Away; Red; Lend Me a Tenor; The Addams Family; Million Dollar Quartet; La Cage Aux Folles; American Idiot; Sondheim on Sondheim; Promises, Promises; Fences; Enron; Collected Stories and Everyday Rapture.

The most interesting rulings concern the Best Score category. Adam Cork (music) and Lucy Prebble (lyrics) will be considered eligible in the Best Score (Music and/or Lyrics Written for the Theatre) category for the new play Enron. Playbill.com has also learned that the score for the acclaimed new musical American Idiot — based on the Green Day album of the same name — is not eligible in the Best Score category because less than 50 percent of the score was written specifically for the Broadway production. That is the same reason why the score for the new musical Fela!, which features the songs of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is also ineligible for a Best Score nomination. However, the Maury Yeston score for the recent revival of The Royal Family and the Branford Marsalis score for the current revival of Fences, which were specifically written for their respective productions, have been deemed eligible for nomination.

Other rulings follow:

The Twyla Tharp dance musical Come Fly Away is eligible for nomination in the Best Book category.

Eddie Redmayne will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play category for his performance in Red. Anthony LaPaglia will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play category for his performance in Lend Me a Tenor.

John Gallagher, Jr. will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical category for his performance in American Idiot.

Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actress/Actor in a Musical categories respectively for their performances in Sondheim on Sondheim.

Viola Davis will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play category for her performance in Fences.

Norbert Leo Butz will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in Play category for his performance in Enron.

Collected Stories will be eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

Linda Lavin will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play category for her performance in Collected Stories.

A Tony spokesperson also told Playbill.com that the short-lived revival of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs is not eligible for nomination. Another short run, All About Me, is eligible for nomination.

All other decisions were consistent with the opening-night credits. That is, only actors whose names appear above the title are eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor/Actress categories. Producers must petition the Administration Committee in order to change actors' eligibility status.

 

The cut-off for Tony nomination eligibility is April 29. The nominations for the 64th Annual Tony Awards will be announced May 4 by Lea Michele and Jeff Daniels.

The 64th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards will be held June 13. The three-hour event will once again be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall beginning at 8 PM on the CBS Television Network.

For more information visit www.tonyawards.com.